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In football news, 

Manchester United will face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. 

That will see Cristiano Ronaldo in action against his former United team-mates, since his left the EPL in 2009. 

The 1st leg will take place at the Bernebau Stadium in February while the return affair at Old Trafford is in March. 

Meanwhile, 

Arsenal were drawn against last season's beaten finalists, Bayern Munich. 

And Celtic's reward for reaching the knockout phase for the first time in 5 years, is a clash with Italian champions, Juventus.

We'll also see another major battle between Barcelona and AC Milan while Paris Saint-Germain take on Valencia.

The Germans will also see their current Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, face their Ukrainian counterparts Shakhtar Donetsk. 

And Schalke take on Galatasaray while competition debutants Malaga tackle Porto. 

Still on football news, 

Lionel Messi might be on the brink of history to win the FIFA Ballon'dor award for a 4th straight year. 

But back home in his native country, the Barcelona goal machine finished 3rd in a poll by local journalists to determine Argentina's best sports star of 2012. 

Messi has scored a record 90 goals this year, including 12 for Argentina. 

But local reporters awarded the title to WBC middleweight boxing champion Sergio Martinez instead. 

And 2nd place went to Taekwondo exponent Sebastian Crismanich, who won the nation's solitary Olympic gold medal at London 2012. 

Messi thou was voted the best Argentinian footballer playing outside the country

Onto regional football news, 

It took almost 3 hours for our Singapore Lions to clear immigration at the Suvarnabhumi airport and navigate through Bangkok's infamous peak-hour traffic jams, 
before arriving at their hotel. 

But the team still arrived with smiles on their faces as they checked into their rooms. 

They came down later for a quick meal before a 90-minute recovery session in the swimming pool. 

It's also believed that Lions defender Shaiful Esah, following a kick to his head during injurytime in the 1st leg, has recovered and declared fit for tomorrow's clash against Thailand.
Our Singapore Lions are looking to become the Kings of Southeast Asian football for an unprecedented 4th time. 

And together with that accolade is the prize money, match bonuses and contributions from sponsors, totalling some $700,000. 

Singapore's Football Association is also planning to hold celebrations for the team and the fans on Sunday, regardless of tomorrow's result. 

Stay tuned for more details.